This Weekend in Santa Cruz: March 17th – 19th, 2017

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St. Patrick’s Day gets the weekend off to festive start. There will be pipes and fiddles, corned beef and cabbage, Guiness and Irish Coffee all around town on Friday.

Enjoy family time on Saturday with a Warriors game, a Venezuelan concert for kids, a celebration of the Castro Adobe State Historic Park, and a chance to learn how to make a cozy sweater out of sheep’s wool!

And Sunday may be your last chance to enjoy the outdoors before a rainy week.

See our picks for the top events each day this weekend:


Santa Cruz Warriors vs. Texas Legends

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When: 3/17 at 7:00 pm
Where: Kaiser Permanente Arena
Cost: $23 – $77

Watch the Santa Cruz Warriors take on the Texas Legends at the Kaiser Arena on Casey Hill Bobblehead night. This family friendly event is always a good time. Grab some snacks and drinks and settle into your bleacher seats for an exciting game of slam dunks and buzzer beaters. Hopefully the luck of the Irish rubs off on our Warriors and they finish with a win!

Get more info here.

Words Dressed & Undressed: Women, Aging & Identity

When: 3/17 at 7:30 pm, 3/18 at 2:00 pm and 7:30 pm
Where: Center Street Theater
Cost: $35

This one woman, multi-media production takes an eye opening and inspiring look at what it means to be a woman in today’s world. Local author and artist, Patrice Vecchione puts together  a collection of funny and poignant stories that address womanhood today, covering topics such as aging, fashion, beauty and identity. Reception to follow the show!

Get more info here.

Art of Santa Cruz “OPEN HOUSE”


When: 3/17 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Where: Art of Santa Cruz (in the Capitola Mall)
Cost: Free Admission

Get familiar with the amazing art of Santa Cruz County artists! Tour the ASC gallery located in the Capitola Mall and admire the variety of fine and functional art created by the community. You never know, you might just find that perfect unique gift you’ve been looking for, or that special piece for your home. Donations will be accepted at the event for the March Charity,the SPCA.

Get more info here.

YoniVerse Monologues – An Evening Of True Life Storytelling, Told By The Courageous Women Who Lived Them

Yoniverse Santa Cruz

When: 3/17 & 3/18 at 8:00 pm
Where: Kuumbwa Jazz Center
Cost: $25

What if inside every woman there was a story waiting to be told? That is what the Yoniverse asks. Come experience a cast of women of all ages and from all backgrounds tell their courageous stories. This intimate event is real and raw, a great experience for both women, men and young adults.

Get more info here.

St. Paddy’s Party Molly’s Revenge 17 year Anniversary Celebration

When: 3/17 at 8:00 pm
Where: Don Quixote’s
Cost: $17 adv. /$20 door seated

Join Molly’s Revenge for an epic St. Patrick’s Day celebration. This is your typical infectious, fun, acoustic Celtic band with bag pipes and fiddles, the whole shebang. Dance to traditional Irish and Scottish music and arrive early for a corned beef and cabbage feast.

Get more info here.

Happy St. Patrick’s! w/ Post Street Rhythm Peddlers

When: 3/17 at 9:00 pm
Where: Crow’s Nest
Cost: $6

If you’d prefer to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with ocean views and a little New Orleans Jazz, head on over to the Crow’s Nest for shoreline decks, great cocktails, award wining food, and hot jazz!

Get more info here.

Marty O’Reilly & The Old Soul Orchestra

When: 3/17 at 9:00 pm
Where: Moe’s Alley
Cost: $12 advance, $15 day of show

Experience the soulful, yearning sound of Marty O’Reilly & The Old Soul Orchestra. They’ve been described as composed of unlikely combinations and the best kind of contradictions. Encompassing gospel blues, folk, gritty rock, and beautiful melodies that will put you in a trance.

Get more info here.

More St. Patrick’s Day Celebrations:

Also on Friday

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Sheep to Shawl Fiber Arts Fair

1451404_10152036817852278_1231171317_nWhen: 3/18 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm
Where: Live Earth Farm
Cost: $15/car

Bring the family and enjoy a day of learning how wool gets made into clothing and art. Hands-on activities include shearing, dyeing, spinning, weaving, and more. Plus, there will be a lamb petting area, live music, and lunch!

Get more info here.

Santa Cruz Warriors vs. Texas Legends

When: 3/18 at 7:00 pm
Where: Kaiser Permanente Arena
Cost: $23 – $56

Join the Warriors on Rally Towel Night this Saturday. This is the Warriors second to last home game of the season so be sure to come out and cheer them on as they make their final push for the playoffs.

Get more info here.

New Bohemia Brewing 2nd Anniversary

New Bohemia Brewing 2nd Anniversary

When: 3/18 from 1:00 to 9:00 pm
Where: New Bohemia Brewing
Cost: Free admission (donations gratefully accepted)

New Bohemia Brewing is celebrating their 2nd anniversary this Saturday by releasing two of their celebrated beers; On Point Czech Lager (the first beer they ever brewed), and Monkey Business Dunkelweizen (their GABF medal winning brew). Enjoy live music, food popups, giveaways, and happy hour prices all day long.

Luck O’ the Castros

When: 3/18 from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm
Where: Castro Adobe State Historic Park
Cost: Free admission (donations gratefully accepted)

Those Castros must have been pretty lucky. Their adobe should have crumbled from the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake, but it still stands today! Enjoy refreshments and get a peak at the work that went into keeping  this one-of-a-kind family home intact as one of Pajaro Valley’s state historic parks.

Get more info here.

Venezuelan Music Project – Tandy Beal’s ArtSmart Family Concert Series


When: 3/18 from 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Where: Santa Cruz County Veterans Memorial Building
Cost: Child Single Ticket – $10.00, Adult Single Ticket – $15.00

ArtSmart Family Concerts are a great opportunity for children to share music from around the world with their family. The series features music and dance from a variety of cultures and this event brings music from Venezuela with award winning musicians combining influences from West Africa, Europe and Indigenous-Venezuelan.

A limited number of free admission passes are available to this series through Santa Cruz Public Libraries’ Discover & Go program.

Get more info here.

Words Dressed & Undressed: Women, Aging & Identity

See Description Under Friday Section

YoniVerse Monologues – An Evening Of True Life Storytelling, Told By The Courageous Women Who Lived Them

See Description Under Friday Section

Also on Saturday

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Travel Photography Workshop

When: Sunday 3/19 from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Where: Cabrillo College
Cost: $76 plus $15 materials fee

This workshop is for anyone about to embark on a travel adventure and interested in taking better photos to document their experience. Learn tried and true techniques for shooting architecture, landscape, people, night photography, and “selfies”. Bring your camera, manual, and questions!

Get more info here.

Mountain Community Theater Presents: “The Lion in Winter”

The Lion in Winter

When: 3/10 – 4/2 – check website for times
Where: Park Hall in Ben Lomond
Cost: $20 General Admission / $17 Students and Seniors

Mountain Community Theater takes us to 12th century France during the reign of Henry II. Enjoy a local theater production of the Academy Award-winning film adaptation by James Goldman. Sunday’s matinee features a Q&A with the cast and director post show.

Get more info here.

 Also on Sunday

Featured Upcoming Event


What: The 2017 NEXTies
Where: Rio Theatre
When: Friday, March 24 from 6:30 pm to 8:45 pm

Cost: $20 – $30

This year, The Nexties are going to the next level. The expanded awards show includes 17 categories honoring the best and brightest in Santa Cruz. There will be a pre-party at Tomboy, live music from The Coffis Brothers, Taylor Rae and McCoy Tyler, food for purchase from The Food Lounge’s once monthly Night Market, and beer from New Bohemia Brewing Co.

Congrats to all of this year’s honorees!

Click here to see the full list of honorees & to purchase tickets.

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About Leslie Chavez

Leslie Chavez moved to Santa Cruz to study literature at UCSC some years ago and loved it so much she decided to stay! She now works in travel and tourism and enjoys writing about the things that make Santa Cruz so great! You can find her running along West Cliff, hiking in the redwoods or exploring the newest restaurant or happening around town. Follow her adventures here.